Over the past 13 years, Sprout has funded some of Pittsburgh’s most memorable arts projects. From our early years of murals and public art, to just last year when we helped bring projects like Knit the Bridge, the Art Lending Collection and the Carrie Deer Documentary to life. The new arts projects we’ve funded this year span everything from film with Afronaut(a), to comics with Chutz-Pow!, to performing arts and theater with Day Room Window. And we’ve done it all with your help.
On Thursday, October 2nd, The Pittsburgh Foundation is holding an Arts Day of Giving, where they’ll help you stretch your dollar when you make a charitable donation to any of Pittsburgh’s arts foundations. Make a donation to The Sprout Fund on ArtDOG and help us make more amazing arts programs and projects possible like these:
The Art Lending Collection
Located at the Braddock Carnegie Library, the Art Lending Collection allows anyone with an Allegheny County Library Card to browse and “check out” pieces of artwork from regional and international artists featured in the 2013 Carnegie International. The program also features artist talks and educational programs, bringing the art to life in a personal way.
Community Supported Art works just like an agricultural CSA, but instead of a box of vegetables, you get a share of locally-produced artwork each season. The project enhances the local arts community, connecting artists with art lovers. It’s a great way to start or build an art collection with limited resources, and to support artists who make our city a vibrant place to live.
Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust
A project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Chutz-Pow! is an original comic book that tells the real life stories of Pittsburgh area resistance fighters and liberators from World War II. The educational and entertaining book is already available in comic stores around the city and headed to classrooms as well.
The Carrie Deer Documentary
In 1997, a group of young Pittsburgh artists finished a hidden art project in the abandoned Carrie Furnaces: a massive 40′ tall sculpture of a deer head, built out of salvaged materials from the historic mill site. In 2012, filmmaker Sharon Brown told the story of these artists with exclusive interviews and a unique look at the project that made them famous.
Afronaut(a) is a new film and performance project from artist Alisha B. Wormsley and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater that encourages diverse groups of artists to experiment with forms of media. The project features artist talks and screenings and culminates in a two-day media festival this weekend in a variety of locations around the East End.
With a website launched just this spring, Pittsburgh Articulate has already become a great resource for arts reviews and opinions, often from the artists and curators around town themselves. Pittsburgh Articulate aims to expand the scope of critical art writing and increase dialogue surrounding the arts and relevant issues in the Pittsburgh region.
Knit the Bridge
In summer of last year, Knit the Bridge brought together more than 1,900 people from all over Southwestern PA to “yarn bomb” the Andy Warhol Bridge with colorful quilts, celebrating Pittsburgh’s contemporary arts scene during the Fiberart International exhibition. The project was the largest of its kind in the United States and made news the world over.
When you donate to Sprout on Arts Day of Giving, you’re helping make projects like these possible. Any donations made between 6am and midnight next Thursday will be partially matched up to $1,000 with a fund generously provided by The Heinz Endowments. It’s a great time to make a difference in the arts organizations you love here in Pittsburgh, so consider making a charitable donation on ArtDOG next week.